2019: 5-7 March; 21-23 May; 20-22 August; 5-7 November.

Research conducted with policy partners can have a greater chance of impacting on policies, programs and services.

But how do early career researchers build these partnerships? How do they manage and sustain them? And how do they get their research findings known and used?

Our new skills-based training course, launched in 2017, has been developed to address these questions. It draws on the expertise of senior policy makers and researchers to help early career researchers build the skills required to initiate and sustain research partnerships with policy makers.

It will teach practical skills such as:

  • How to understand policy priorities, policy realities and the policy environment
  • How to embark on a new policy relationship, get new policy partners on board, and build your partnership skills
  • How to frame your research idea for a policy audience
  • How to lay the foundations for co-production
  • How to establish the right governance framework for your collaborative project
  • How to engage policy makers with your research findings.

Participant skills will be assessed before and after the course. This will assist us with evaluation and tailoring the course to participants.

Who should attend?

Early career researchers with significant research expertise, typically at post-doctorate level or with equivalent experience. Suited to applicants who are interested in influencing health or social policy by working in partnership with decision makers.

This course is limited to 12 attendees. To discuss your eligibility, please contact Jillian Hutchinson via the details below.

About the presenters

The course will share insights from leading Australian experts on their research-policy partnership endeavours. It features senior policy makers and researchers with experience in partnership research and experienced communications specialists. Our December session includes:


Professor Don Nutbeam


Professor Don Nutbeam is a Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney, and Principal Senior Adviser at the Sax Institute. Professor Nutbeam’s distinguished career has spanned positions in universities, government, health services and an independent health research institute. He was previously Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton, UK, Academic Provost at the University of Sydney and has also served as the Head of Public Health in the UK Department of Health.


Professor Emily Banks


Professor Banks is a public health physician and epidemiologist with expertise in chronic disease, large scale cohort studies, Aboriginal Health and healthy ageing. She leads the Epidemiology for Policy and Practice Group at the ANU and is a Senior Adviser at the Sax Institute.




Professor Sally Green

Professor Sally Green is Co-Director of Cochrane Australia and a Professorial Fellow and Graduate Research Co-ordinator in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. She has a PhD in Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine in addition to her clinical qualifications in Physiotherapy, is Chair of Cochrane’s Knowledge Translation Advisory Group and leads several competitively funded research projects investigating the best ways of informing health policy and practice decisions with knowledge from synthesised research. She is a member of NHMRC’s Synthesis and Translation of Research Evidence (STORE) advisory committee.


Mr Adam Cresswell

Mr Cresswell is the Chief Communications Officer at the Sax Institute. He has an extensive background as a health journalist and was Health Editor of The Australian newspaper for eight years, and before that deputy editor of the GP newspaper Australian Doctor. Since leaving journalism in 2012 he has run communications teams in a number of Australian Government health portfolio agencies, before joining the Institute in early 2018.


The course is facilitated by Ms Sian Rudge, Head of the Evidence for Action Division at the Sax Institute.

Course format and materials

This is a 3-day, face–to–face course. Participants will be provided with a handbook containing key readings and notes for each session.

Event details

Dates: This course will be offered on 4 occasions in 2019: 5-7 March; 21-23 May; 20-22 August; 5-7 November

Time: 9:30am–4:30pm (note that there may be some changes to start and end times)

Venue: workspace365, Level 11, 66 Clarence Street, Sydney

Cost: $1,500.00

Click here to read the Registration Terms and Conditions


Please contact Jillian Hutchinson to register your interest in this course

E: jillian.hutchinson@saxinstitute.org.au T: 02 9188 9595